The jet fighters have come to dominate the skies in the first time since they were in the form of the Messerschmitt ME-262 during WW2. Over the decades, there have been great jet fighters, but these are some of the best.
10. Mikoyan MiG-35
With the improvements on MiG-29M / M2 and MiG-29K / KUB fighters, MiG-35 was described as a jet fighter of the fourth generation.
The first version was a modification to the MiG-29M2 concept jet fighter previously used.
During the 2007 Aero India air show, Mikoyan officially first displayed the MiG-35 internationally.
In terms of combat efficiency improvement, universality, and operating characteristics of the MiG-35/MEG-35D combines developments of MIG-29K/KUB and MIG-29M/M2 fighters.
The new design includes primarily the 5th-generation intelligence surveillance systems, compatible with applications of Russian and foreign weaponry and an interconnected range of defensive systems to enhance combat sustainability.
The new total design overruns the baseline design concepts and allows the new aircraft as their Western counterparts to undertake massive-scale multi-role missions.
9. General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 is a single-engine, extremely versatile, supersonic, tactical fighter aircraft with multi-role capability.
It is much smaller, lighter than its predecessors with improved aerodynamics and avionics but uses advanced fly-by-wire (FBW) control to achieve improved movement performance.
It also includes the first use of relaxed static stability (RSS) in which a fighter aircraft is intentionally designed to be slightly aerodynamically unstable.
It has developed into a reliable all-weather, multi-role aircraft designed for an air fighter for supremacy.
Since they approved production in 1976, over 4,600 aircraft have been produced.
The only reason I didn’t include F15 is because of its cost compared to F16.
The fact remains that the aircraft are built and do this properly. Ultimately, though, the project and budget constraints depending on what type.
When you compare it 1v1, the F-15’s advanced technology & arm power is far better.
Its payload is heavier, quicker, and the coverage is at higher altitudes.
When it comes to equipping an air force, the F-16 is the best choice since it is only half the cost when bought by the F-15 and less than half for its maintenance.
8. Dassault Rafale
The Rafale was designed as a modern and versatile jet fighter by a French aviation company called Dassault.
Some new avionics are included in the multi-role fighter. In fact, designers have taken other measures to reduce the aircraft’s radar cross-section.
This is a very maneuverable aircraft. The Rafale can simultaneously track 40 targets and attack on four targets.
Buyers can equip the aircraft in three different versions: RAFALE C single-seat, RAFALE M single-seat carrier, and RAFALE B twin-seat variant.
The plane will hold up to the latest American F-16 & F-15 models.
In the 21st century, the Dassault Rafale will be the backbone of French air power.
7. Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon divides perception among experts of military aviation.
Nevertheless, it is without question, a multi-role fighter in active service that is among the most effective in the world.
It was developed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and later Spain as a joint effort.
At the outset of the Dassault Rafale program, France was involved initially but separated shortly.
The Typhoon is a highly qualified and remarkably agile dogfighter. Nonetheless, the new fighter of the F-22 Raptor is considered more powerful & technologically advanced.
But other than the F-15, Rafale, and Su-27, many experts find it more capable.
We expect the Typhoon to remain operational in the late 2030s when either the New Generation Fighter or the BAE Tempest will be replaced.
6. Sukhoi Su-35
The multi-role Su-35 is a well designed improved variant of the Su-27.
It is proposed as a substitute for the Su-27 and the MiG-29 fighters. The Russian Air Force introduced it in 2012.
Designers called Su-35 a fighter of a fourth generation.
It’s a highly maneuverable and agile fighter with a long-range, high altitude and heavy artillery capabilities.
The Su-35 is primarily an attacker of air superiority.
This poses a big threat to Western 4th generation fighters. Nevertheless, air-to-ground secondary capability is available.
It can carry many weapons.
It has 12 hardpoints for the wing and fuselage and can bear weight up to 8,000 kg in weight.
The large and powerful engines allow it to long-distance maneuvering thrusting.
The engines also can provide supersonic speeds to be achieved without an afterburner.
Highly maneuverable, the engines have a 3-dimensional thrust-vector.
But, in developing, purchasing and hiring certain of the latest technology, Russia falls behind.
5. Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
In 2001, the Super Hornet entered service with the U.S. Navy, replacing the 2006 withdrawn Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
The F-18 Hornet is widely regarded as the best and most versatile multi-role aircraft in the United States Navy. 7
For many years and in many war areas around the world, it has performed with distinction.
It was built in the 1970s by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop and began active service in the 1980s.
The first battle was during Libya’s 1986 bombing, and it also played a major role in the Gulf War of 1991 and later the Gulf War of 2003.
Other Air Force, including the Royal Australian Air Force and the Spanish Air Force, also use Hornet.
The F-18 E/F Super Hornet, its larger and more technically capable variant, features updated avionics and other improvements to bring the aircraft to modern standards.
4. Chengdu J-20
The Chengdu J-20 is the newest addition stealth fighters of the Chinese4 Air Force.
It was designed to compete with jet fighters of the fifth generation, such as the US F-22 Raptor and advanced fighters of the fourth generation, such as the Russian Su-57.
It is speculated that the Russian MiG aviation company has supported the production of the J-20.
The initial low-rate development of this stealthy aircraft began in 2015.
In 2016, the Chinese Air Force received its first operational J-20 stealth fighters.
In 2017, China’s air force officially adopted this stealthy fighter.
China’s approach to its military programs has been more transparent over the past decade.
Even so, on this aircraft, there is little to no official information available.
The J-20 is designed with precision strike capability as an air superiority fighter; It comes down from the 1990s J-XX program.
4After the F-22 and F-35, the J-20 is the third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft in the world.
The J-20 features a blended fuselage, a canard delta configuration, low intakes of jet engines, and an integrated fly-by-wire system (FBW).
In January 2011, the aircraft made its first flight and was officially unveiled in 2016.
It entered the service of the PLAAF in March 2017 as an air-superiority fighter.
3. Sukhoi Su-57
Su-57 is designed as the first aircraft to use stealth technology in the Russian military service.
Sukhoi will deliver the first aircraft of production in 2019, with a second in 2020.
On January 29, 2010, the maiden flights took place.
The jet is intended to overcome the previous-generation fighter aircraft, as well as ground and naval defense with super-maneuverability, stealth, and advanced avionics.
They have designed the aircraft to carry out air protection and to attack missions the Russian Air Force and the Russian navy mainly.
It can defend all kinds of enemy targets for ground, air and surface locations and monitor long distances in the airspace.
2. Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
A single-seat and single-engine, all-weather, stealth, fifth-generation, multi-role combat aircraft family for ground-assault and air-superiority operations is Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
F-35 Lightning II is the world’s first international multi-role fighter jet of the 5th generation.
A tactical advantage over all other battle aviation is provided by the highly agile, stealthy design alongside an advanced sensor pack and modern weapons.
As the biggest and most expensive combat initiative, the F-35 was the subject of a lot of scrutiny and criticism in the United States and everywhere else.
In December 2006, the F-35 completed its maiden flight.
The trio of the F-35 versions would cover the A-10 and F-16 of the US Air Force, the F/A-18 of the US Navy, the F/A-18 and the AV-8B Harrier of the US marine forces and other aircraft versions for the other allied nations, including conventional take-offs and landings (CTOL), the short-off/vertical landings (STOVL), and the carriers variant (CV).
1. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
The F-22 Raptor developed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation extremely advanced tactical fighter.
The stealth, extremely advanced avionics, and higher performance like thrust-to-weight ratio with speed make this modern marvel a super-maneuverable dog-fighter.
Whilst its main role is as an air superiority fighter, it can also perform various other functions including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence.
The F-22 cannot be exported under US federal law to protect its stealth technology and other high-tech features.
Lockheed designed it to be highly difficult to detect and track by radar.
Airframe shaping such as edges alignment, fixed geometry serpentine bends and angled vans that avoid the line of sight of motor faces.
With turbines from any outside view are all measures to reduce radar cross-sections (RCS), and the use of radar-absorbent material (RAM).
They can also add features such as hinges and pilot helmets that can provide a radar return.
The F-22 also has reduced radio emissions, infrared signatures, and acoustic indications and extremely low naked eye visibility.
Flat thrust-vectoring nozzles minimize infrared exhaust emissions to reduce the risk of surface-to-air- and air-to-air missiles that use infrared homing (Heat Search).
The F-22 began life as a straightforward air superiority fighter.
Besides, this airplane has faced a formidable air threat from the fighters of other countries since its launch.
It later switched to the multi-role combatant, with extra capacity for ground attack.